Nov. 26, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A rabbi has filed plans to build a new 3-story synagogue on a residential block in Rego Park, according to city records.
The 3-story building will reach 35 feet in height and sit at 85-94 66th Rd., according to the plan filed with the Buildings Department on Nov. 15.
The synagogue will be 5,242 square feet with a 1,580 square-foot apartment on the third floor for a grand total of 6,822 square feet. The building will include a lobby and handicap bathrooms in the cellar. The full first floor will be a worship area and the second floor will house offices, waiting areas and a lecture room.
A one-family home built in 1945 currently sits on the property.
The lot was sold to Rabbi David Akilov for $950,000 in February, according to the Department of Finance. He then transferred it to the “Congregation Ohr Eliyahu Inc” in July.
In April, Akilov began fundraising to build the new synagogue, according to a since removed gofundme.com page.
Reached by phone, Rabbi Akilov confirmed he was planning to build the synagogue, but wouldn’t comment further, stating he had to speak with his accountant first.